PerformInk Is Back!

PerformInk Is Back!

(pictured: performink.com circa 2009)

15 years ago I arrived in Chicago ready to pursue my love of musical theater at Columbia College Chicago and then become a part of the Chicago theater community. Like many artists, I found myself at Act One bookstore looking for my copy of PerformInk. Much of what I learned about the theater scene in Chicago came from this bi-weekly publication, and the legacy of its publisher Carrie Kaufman. All these years later I still think fondly of what holding a copy of PerformInk meant to me. PerformInk made me feel connected to a vast and rich theater community, and a part of something so very exciting and ever-changing. I was an actor, and PerformInk was my link to all that was going on. Fast forward to 2016 and here we are on the cusp of a PerformInk rebirth, and the love and sentiment felt by many is not lost on Jason Epperson and I. The pressure is intense, and the excitement is palpable.

So, if you are reading this, and I’ve published this letter to the website that means we’ve pulled the trigger and PerformInk has come out of hibernation. This is exciting! Hello! You might have a few questions about the site, and that’s understandable. PerformInk is a work in progress; it will change as the days and weeks go on, as we build back the reputation and become even more connected to Chicago. Keep checking back, because I can promise you there are many things in the mix that we can’t wait to share. PerformInk, above all, is a home for the Chicago performing arts industry, and we want to hear from you, and we want you to be a part of this. As we grow PerformInk will become a home for not just theater, but all types of entertainment. A voice to highlight just how rich and diverse Chicago artists are. So, have an idea? Something you want to suggest PerformInk focus on? Let me know.  My door is always open, no idea is too small or too big. Art is ever-changing; life is ever-changing, and PerformInk will continue to change too.

And so I dedicate this letter to all those who’ve supported the arts, who’ve loved the arts, and most importantly, to those who’ve given their heart and soul to their art. Welcome home. Welcome back to PerformInk.

Let’s break some legs together,

-Abigail

Abigail Trabue
Managing Editor, PerfomInk

About author

Abigail Trabue

Abigail has worked as an actor/director in Chicago for over ten years, and along with husband Jason Epperson founded Lotus Theatricals in 2015, and PerformInk Chicago and Kansas City in 2016 (where she serves as Managing Editor of both publications). When not talking shop, Abigail is raising three padawans with Jason, drinking lots of coffee, converting school buses into RV's, and eating all the foods at Disney World. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

Comments
  • Ray#1

    March 23, 2016

    Congrats my friend! I look forward to coming back often and finding out what is happening in the Chicago scene!

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  • Ron Rains#2

    March 23, 2016

    So glad to see PerformInk alive again!

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  • Maureen Brill#3

    March 23, 2016

    Welcome back! I love your paper. Will you have a print version as well?

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    • PerformInk#4

      March 23, 2016

      Hey Maureen, at this time we are online only, but you never know what the future will bring. – Abigail

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  • Sue Trabue#5

    March 23, 2016

    Congratulations. I wish you much success.

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  • Cindy Gold#6

    March 23, 2016

    Bravo & thank you!

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  • Marissa Hughes#7

    March 23, 2016

    So stoked for this! And for you buddy! Thanks for bringing it back!

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  • Brian Hutzell#8

    March 23, 2016

    “Smiles, everyone! Smiles!”

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  • Mary Shen Barnidge#9

    March 23, 2016

    Welcome back! Where and how do I sign up for a subscription?

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    • PerformInk#10

      March 25, 2016

      Hey Mary! If you click on “contact us” you’ll see a place to enter your email and subscribe to PerformInk. Thanks!

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  • DrJake Caputo#11

    March 23, 2016

    Looking forward to the new PerformInk…many blessings to you and your staff.

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  • whitney hayes#12

    March 23, 2016

    So exciting! What a great idea! I loved act one and would always get my copy of Performing, too. And then would pay the 1p dollar to access the audition notices online. Good times.

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  • Bill Harrison#13

    March 23, 2016

    So glad to see you back! Performink was always THE go-to place for all things theater in Chicago. I guess the mourning period is over 🙂

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  • Kevin Theis#14

    March 24, 2016

    This is fantastic. Welcome back, PerformInk! And remember: You’re not a legit theatre publication until you start to get hate mail. So enjoy that!

    Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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  • Joyce Porter#16

    March 24, 2016

    Good luck!

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  • Duane Sharp#17

    March 24, 2016

    This is wonderful news!! Break a leg!!

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  • Tim Mooney#18

    March 24, 2016

    Where’s the “subscribe” button?

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    • PerformInk#19

      March 25, 2016

      Hey Tim! If you click on “contact us” you’ll see a spot to subscribe to PerformInk. Thanks!

      Reply
  • Dennis Kelly#20

    March 26, 2016

    Welcome back Performink! And, do I miss Act One Bookstore. I was in there at least once a week back in the ’80s. Wish we could have the bookstore back too.

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  • Rick Levine#21

    March 30, 2016

    How cool is this.

    I founded Act I Bookstore with Emily Detmer in 1987. We started PerformInk less than a year later as a quarterly newsletter promoting books, the store and chicago theatre.

    We soon picked up the pace and published every two weeks.

    Carrie Kaufman became the managing editor, Emily went off to teach college, and I eventually sold everything. Carrie bought PerformInk, Act I Bookstore was bought and lived on as Soliloquy bookstore for a few years.

    Here we are 30 years later and the publication rises again!

    I could not be more proud to see the evolution and continued service to the arts community.

    Thanks for bringing it back.

    Rick

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    • PerformInk#22

      March 31, 2016

      Rick, we’re so happy to carry on this legacy you started. We’ll be publishing all of the archives soon as well.

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